This week has been full of exciting and surprising news in the tech world. Here are some of the highlights:
- Apple releases new MacBook Pro models with M3 and M3 Pro chips. Apple has unveiled its latest high-end laptops, featuring its own M3 and M3 Pro processors, which offer faster performance, longer battery life, and better graphics than the previous models. The new MacBook Pro 14 and 16 also have a redesigned keyboard, a notch on the screen, and a MagSafe charging port. The reviews have been mostly positive, praising the speed, power, and display of the new devices.
- OpenAI launches ChatGPT, a platform for creating custom chatbots. OpenAI, the research organization behind the powerful GPT-4 Turbo language model, has announced ChatGPT, a new service that allows anyone to build their own chatbots using GPT-4 Turbo. Users can choose from a variety of templates, such as customer service, trivia, or personal assistant, or create their own from scratch. The chatbots can be trained on custom data, and can be deployed on websites, apps, or social media.
- Nintendo and Sony team up to make a live-action film based on Legend of Zelda. In a surprising move, Nintendo and Sony have announced that they are working together to produce a live-action film adaptation of the popular video game franchise Legend of Zelda. The film will be directed by Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Zelda, and Avi Arad, the producer of Spider-Man and Iron Man. The film is expected to be released in 2025, and will feature a new story set in the fantasy world of Hyrule.
- China detains tech and investment bosses over alleged corruption and fraud. China has intensified its crackdown on the tech sector, arresting several prominent figures from the industry on charges of corruption, fraud, and embezzlement. Among the detainees are Liu Qiangdong, the founder of e-commerce giant JD.com, Wang Xing, the founder of food delivery app Meituan, and Zhang Yiming, the founder of ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok. The arrests have sent shockwaves through the tech community, and have raised concerns over the future of innovation and competition in China.
- WeWork files for bankruptcy after failing to secure funding. WeWork, the co-working space company that once had a valuation of $47 billion, has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US, after running out of cash and failing to secure new funding. The company has been struggling since its botched IPO attempt in 2019, which exposed its massive losses, questionable governance, and unrealistic vision. The bankruptcy filing marks the end of an era for WeWork, and a cautionary tale for the tech industry.
These are some of the top tech stories of the week. Stay tuned for more updates and insights on the latest developments in technology.